Ekaterina Gubanova rescues Baden-Baden Gala
Elīna Garanča forced to cancel due to illness
Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova will be filling in at the Baden-Baden Gala 2016 (July 22 and 24) for her colleague Elīna Garanča, who has been forced to cancel due to last-minute illness. Festival Hall Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser announced today (July 20, 2016) that on her doctors’ orders, Elīna Garanča will not be permitted to sing for at least one week. “Practically overnight, we were able to engage Ekaterina Gubanova for the Baden-Baden Gala,” Mölich-Zebhauser commented. He considers the singer, who was celebrated last week by both audience and critics as Fricka in the Baden-Baden production of Die Walküre, “one of the finest mezzo-sopranos of our time and the near future.”
Ekaterina Gubanova will be taking on the arias and duets planned by Elīna Garanča at the Baden-Baden Gala 2016, which will also be broadcast by ZDF on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:00 P.M. and by 3sat on August 13, 2016 at 8:15 P.M. All the Gala’s other soloists – Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, and British bass Bryn Terfel – will be arriving on Thursday. Rehearsals have already begun for this international concert event in Baden-Baden.
Ekaterina Gubanova first studied piano before her vocal talent was discovered at the Moscow Conservatory. Following further studies in Helsinki, she was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Program of London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She has since made regular guest appearances on such stages as New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the opera houses in Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and has also performed at the festivals in Salzburg, Baden-Baden, and Edinburgh.